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Dr. Scott Raub

Dr. Scott Raub

Specialty: Spine Care, Interventional Procedures for Spine Pain, Electrodiagnostic Testing
Assistant: Jennifer Geller, PA-C

When it comes to dealing with back pain, the key is knowing how to optimize your life. For example, Dr. Raub learned to ski later in life, but now skis most weekends and enjoys the bumps. Optimizing your life means recognizing your limitations and maximizing your potential with reasonable compromise, like spending time in the gym, avoiding the crowds and reducing speed.

This holistic approach is one aspect of what a Doctor of Osteopathy is trained to do: understand the physical condition within the context of the whole person, including psychological, social and emotional factors. In addition to four years of medical school, Dr. Raub completed special training in physical medicine therapies, allopathic remedies and pain management. He completed his fellowship in Sports Medicine in 1994 before joining Vail Summit Orthopaedics in 1999.

As a Physiatrist, Dr. Raub uses a variety of diagnostic tools to pinpoint the true source of spinal pain, providing the shortest route to the most effective treatment plan. Spinal pain is particularly difficult to pinpoint, given the density of nerves in the spinal region and the fact that the perception of pain is highly subjective.

Dr. Raub is quick to point out that 90% of spinal conditions do not require surgical treatment; however, success is measured in degrees of improvement rather than total restoration. The fact that there are no “biological restorative treatments” or “cures” for spinal injuries means that the patient plays an even bigger role as an active participant in creating good results.

Given the importance of patient participation, Dr. Raub spends much of his time educating patients, and collaborating with the community of back pain therapists (physical therapists, massage therapists, chiropractors and personal trainers). Dr. Raub emphasizes an interventional approach to back pain, minimizing drugs whenever possible.

Dr. Raub enjoys practicing in a mountain environment where people place a high priority on maintaining an active lifestyle well into their senior years. This youthful attitude is a powerful tool in achieving positive outcomes for spinal patients.

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Education

MEDICAL SCHOOL/TRAINING

  • Nova-Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine, 1989
  • Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Residency, Loyola University Medical Center, Maywood, Illinois, 1993
  • Sports Medicine Fellowship, Lutheran General Hospital (University of Chicago Affiliate), Park Ridge, Illinois, 1994

BOARD CERTIFICATION

  • Diplomate: American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 1994, Recertified 2004
  • Diplomate: Subspecialty of Pain Management, American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 2000, Recertified 2010

Noteworthy

Affiliations

  • American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Fellow
  • International Spinal Interventions Society (ISIS)

Dr. Raub's Patient Stories

Joann Moore
Procedure: Non-surgical pain intervention
Joann Moore fell at work more than 30 years ago and cracked her spine, although she didn’t realize it at the time. Learn More
Chad Farr
Procedure: Sinergy procedure
Driving in his car south of Breckenridge, Chad Farr slowed down and stopped to let the driver ahead of him turn left when the apparently distracted vehicle behind him suddenly rammed into his car going 50 miles an hour. Learn More

Dr. Raub's Videos

Myth 1: Disc degeneration is a disease | VSOrtho

Myth 1: Disc degeneration is a disease

10 Back Injury Myths Explained by Dr. Scott Raub, DO of Vail Summit Orthopaedics.

Posted on Aug 22nd, 2014

Myth 2: Where it hurts is where the pain comes from | VSOrtho

Myth 2: Where it hurts is where the pain comes from

10 Back Injury Myths Explained by Dr. Scott Raub, DO of Vail Summit Orthopaedics.

Posted on Aug 22nd, 2014

Myth 3: If I see a Spine Specialist I will likely end up with an operation | VSOrtho

Myth 3: If I see a Spine Specialist I will likely end up with an operation

10 Back Injury Myths Explained by Dr. Scott Raub, DO of Vail Summit Orthopaedics.

Posted on Aug 22nd, 2014

Myth 4: Medications are the best way to manage my lower back pain | VSOrtho

Myth 4: Medications are the best way to manage my lower back pain

10 Back Injury Myths Explained by Dr. Scott Raub, DO of Vail Summit Orthopaedics.

Posted on Aug 22nd, 2014

Myth 5: You will never have to modify you lifestyle to manage lower back pain | VSOrtho

Myth 5: You will never have to modify you lifestyle to manage lower back pain

10 Back Injury Myths Explained by Dr. Scott Raub, DO of Vail Summit Orthopaedics.

Posted on Aug 22nd, 2014

Myth 6: Spinal injections hurt | VSOrtho

Myth 6: Spinal injections hurt

10 Back Injury Myths Explained by Dr. Scott Raub, DO of Vail Summit Orthopaedics.

Posted on Aug 22nd, 2014

Myth 7: All steroids are bad for me | VSOrtho

Myth 7: All steroids are bad for me

10 Back Injury Myths Explained by Dr. Scott Raub, DO of Vail Summit Orthopaedics.

Posted on Aug 22nd, 2014

Myth 8: A cure exists for all spinal pain problems; "I can be fixed" | VSOrtho

Myth 8: A cure exists for all spinal pain problems; "I can be fixed"

10 Back Injury Myths Explained by Dr. Scott Raub, DO of Vail Summit Orthopaedics.

Posted on Aug 22nd, 2014

Myth 9: Prolonged bedrest is necessary following an acute episode of lower back pain | VSOrtho

Myth 9: Prolonged bedrest is necessary following an acute episode of lower back pain

10 Back Injury Myths Explained by Dr. Scott Raub, DO of Vail Summit Orthopaedics.

Posted on Aug 22nd, 2014

Myth 10: MRIs always give us the answer for the cause of my pain | VSOrtho

Myth 10: MRIs always give us the answer for the cause of my pain

10 Myths of Spine Injury Explained by Dr. Scott Raub, DO of Vail Summit Orthopaedics.

Posted on Aug 22nd, 2014